They Deserve Their Own Show (Part 58)

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Here is the next installment of actors and actresses who are under-appreciated, deserving of more attention or perhaps even their own show:

Amber Benson

Amber Benson – Amber got her start in a small role in the box office movie The Crush that starred Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone then made guest appearances in the TV shows Promised Land and Cracker before landing her most memorable role of Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After Buffy ended, Amber guest starred on episodes of Cold Case, Supernatural and Private Practice. She also appeared in the made-for-TV movies Holiday Wishes and 7 Things to Do Before I’m 30. She can be seen in the independent movie The Killing Jar alongside Michael Madsen and Harold Perrineau.

Christina Cole

Christina Cole – Her first work was in the box office movie What A Girl Wants with Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes. She then appeared in Foyle’s War and Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage. After that she landed the lead role in the first season of the UK television series Hex and appeared in Jane Erye, Doctor Who, the pilot of the short-lived series Cane, Lost in Austen and Emma. She also had a small role in Casino Royale and appeared in an episode of Human Target. She will be seen in the movie Morlocks with David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis).

Leslie Grossman

Leslie Grossman – Leslie’s first big role on television was in the WB series Popular, but she is probably best known for her role in the comedy series What I Like About You. Most recently she had a recurring role in the TV series 10 Things I Hate About You. She has also made appearances in episodes of Any Day Now, Charmed, CSI, Nip/Tuck and Notes From the Underbelly. She also had small roles in the box office movies Can’t Hardly Wait, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and Spring Breakdown.

Steve Byers

Steve Byers – Steve first appeared in episodes of La Femme Nikita, First Wave and John Doe. He had a role in the made-for-TV movie Carrie, which was then followed by a leading role in the series Falcon Beach. He appeared in the Canadian series Wild Roses and had guest roles in The Dresden Files, CSI: Miami and the Canadian series The Bridge. He will be seen in the movie Immortals and The Man Who Loved Flowers.

Kevin Durand

Kevin Durand – Kevin’s first big TV role was that of dog-faced Joshua on Dark Angel, but he also had a recurring role in the short-lived series Touching Evil. He is probably best known, though, for his role of Keamy on Lost. His movie roles include The Butterfly Effect, Walking Tall, 3:10 to Yuma, Smokin’ Aces, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Legion. He was recently seen in the box office movie Robin Hood alongside Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Some of this other TV appearances were in Shark, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, The Dead Zone, Kyle XY, CSI and Andromeda.

Jay R. Ferguson

Jay R. Ferguson – Jay got his start as a teen in the short-lived TV series The Outsiders (based on the box office hit) and then became a regular on the comedy Evening Shade. He then appeared in the short-lived series Glory Days, Surface and Easy Money as well as recurring roles in Judging Amy and Sleeper Cell. He also guest starred in episodes of CSI: Miami, Weeds, Lie to Me, Castle and The Ghost Whisperer.

Do you agree? Disagree? Do you recognize any or are they all unknowns to you? NGTV would love to hear your thoughts. The next installment will be posted on Wednesday.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at

1 Comment

  1. Tasha

    July 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Love LOVE LOVED Falcon Beach! So sad ABC didn’t make more 🙁 Steve Byers is so good but I like his hair better now. Not a big lover of the curly thing. I could totally see him getting his own show- a show like Entourage maybe?